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ashes Jun 24, 2007 08:18 PM

OK...I'll admit it. I buy a lot of muffin mixes at the store. I make them for breakfast for me and the sweetie on the weekends (sometimes with eggs...sometimes just the muffins). But, I'm wanting some easy and tried and true recipes for muffins that will turn out equally light (some recipes I've made come out too dense for my taste) and that take ingredients that I have in my everyday pantry or that can be cheaply procurred. So....post away! Oh, and I'll eat almost anything (ingredient wise) so weird is ok too.

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  1. firecooked RE: ashes Jun 24, 2007 09:10 PM

    We make muffins almost every weekend for breakfast. Here are three of my favorites (and if you look closely, you will notice the first two are almost the same... just different fruit.. feel free to substitute with what you have on hand as this is a very versatile recipe). The last is great as long as you keep a can of pumpkin in the pantry.

    Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins
    10 to 12 MUFFINS

    1 cup old-fashioned oats (or quick cooking)
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1/2 cup flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    dash salt
    2 large eggs
    3/4 cup un-packed brown sugar
    3/4 cup milk or soy milk
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Roy’s favorite:
    1 ripe banana, peeled and cut into chunks
    1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

    Zucchini:
    1 small zucchini, grated
    ½ cup raisins

    OVEN: Preheat to 400oF. Grease muffin cups.

    Note: if using all the optional ingredients, batter will not fit into small food processor

    In food processor, Using steel knife, mix eggs and brown sugar. When smooth add milk, oil, and vanilla. Also add banana or zuchinni. (or just mix in a bowl with a whisk).

    Mix oats, flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

    If using raisins, put on top of liquid ingredients. Put flour mixture on top. Pulse food processor 3 or 4 times. Remove steel knife, mix with rubber spatula if any dry spots remain. (or just fold in if you are using a bowl)

    Scoop batter into muffins cups (put water into any empty cups). Bake 20 minutes or until springy to the touch in the center. Turn out onto a rack to cool.


    Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins

    12 MUFFINS

    1 cup old-fashioned oats (or quick cooking)
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1/2 cup flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    ½ teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (optional)
    dash salt

    2 large eggs
    3/4 cup un-packed brown sugar
    1 apple, peeled and cut into chunks
    3/4 cup buttermilk or milk or soy milk
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup cranberries (thawed under running water if frozen)

    OVEN: Preheat to 400oF. Grease muffin cups with Pam.

    Mix oats, flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

    In food processor, mix eggs and brown sugar until smooth. Add apples, and pulse until small chunks. Add milk, oil, and vanilla. Put in cranberries, and pulse a few times, to barely chop the cranberries.

    Pour the batter on the dry ingredients, and fold together.

    Scoop batter into muffins cups (put water into any empty cups). Bake 20 minutes or until springy to the touch in the center. Turn out onto a rack to cool.

    Pumpkin Muffins

    2 cups flour
    2 tablespoons oat bran
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    ½ teaspoon baking soda
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
    2 eggs
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    ¼ cup butter, melted
    ¾ cup milk (or soy milk)
    ¾ can pumpkin
    ½ cup raisins

    Pumpkin seeds or sliced almonds for topping

    Oven: 400oF

    Put dry ingredients in a small bowl, and mix with whisk.

    Combine eggs and brown sugar with a whisk, mix in butter, then add milk, pumpkin, and raisins. Mix well. Fold in dry ingredients. Place in greased muffin pan. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds or almonds on top, making sure they don't stick out too much.

    Bake for 20 minutes.

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      Sharuf RE: ashes Jun 25, 2007 01:21 AM

      You said easy? I'll give you easy. :-)

      BREWSKI MUFFINS (makes 12)

      3 cups buttermilk Bisquick
      1 can of beer

      Proceed in the normal manner.

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        Scrapironchef RE: Sharuf Jun 28, 2007 01:04 PM

        I'd imagine these would be excellent with chili.

      2. Candy RE: ashes Jun 25, 2007 07:31 AM

        Dorie Greenspan's Blueberry Citrus muffins are light, delicious and go together in a snap. I can paraphrase if you don't have the book. But, it is a book everyone should own.

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          THenderson RE: Candy Jun 25, 2007 10:13 AM

          which book is that one in? which one do you recommend getting - or do you have several faves of hers?
          -th

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            Candy RE: THenderson Jun 25, 2007 10:47 AM

            It is the book that came out late last fall Dorie Greenspan's Baking from My Home to Yours. I have a number of baking books but this seems to be the only one I need. 'though you'd have to wrestle me to the ground to get my Damon Lee Fowler's Book of New Southern Baking away from me. It is a great book too and a good read.

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              THenderson RE: Candy Jun 25, 2007 11:06 AM

              thanks, candy. I trust your judgement.....I'll check both out. :)

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                THenderson RE: Candy Jun 28, 2007 12:54 PM

                Picked up DLF's New Southern Baking at the library...looks great. Ironically enough, one of the first things I'm going to try is called, "Candy's Lemon Tea Bread" Coincidence? Speaking of muffins - (the subject of this post), would you think that I could make that lemon bread in muffin form...and just alter cooking time? thanks....

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                  Candy RE: THenderson Jun 28, 2007 01:40 PM

                  Not the same Candy. I have looked at that recipe but have not yet made it. Try his pecan tassies. OMG!

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            LoN RE: ashes Jun 28, 2007 03:45 PM

            Here's an easy one that has been a big hit for me....my mom passed it on to me so I can't name the source!
            Orange Date Muffins

            1 whole orange
            ½ cup orange juice
            ½ cup chopped dates
            1 egg
            ½ cup butter or margarine
            1 ½ cups flour
            ¾ cup white sugar
            1 t baking soda
            1 t baking powder
            ½ t salt

            Cut the orange into pieces and remove seeds – no need to peel.
            Drop chunks into blender with orange juice and whirl till peel is chopped up.
            Drop in dates, egg and butter and blend again for a minute.
            Stir together the dry ingredients. Pour the orange mixture over the dry and stir only till moist – don’t overmix.
            Bake at 375 for 15 – 20 minutes. Makes 12. I use paper cups.

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              cheesehead in recovery RE: LoN Jul 4, 2007 04:21 PM

              I found very good muffin recipies on a B&B website....http://www.bbonline.com/recipe/index.... Specifically, I've made the blueberry muffin recipe that calls for yogurt...thery're not too sweet,

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                HillJ RE: cheesehead in recovery Jul 4, 2007 04:27 PM

                cheesehead...what a great link, thanks!

                http://www.magma.ca/~efung/blog/
                Do You Know The Muffin Man is a wonderful blog containing many easy muffin recipes. Photos are delicious!

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